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Al Franken's Public Statements on Issue: Government Budget and Spending

Office: U.S. Senate (MN) - Jr, Democratic
Date Title
March 22, 2017 letter to the Hon. Chairman Cochran and the Vice Chairman Leahy - Regarding Proposed EPA Cuts That Would Threaten America's Clean Air and Water
Feb. 2, 2017 Letter to the Hon. Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Chairman Murkowski, and Ranking Member Cantwell - Regarding BLM Rule that Prevents Natural Gas Waste, Safeguards Health and Economic Growth
Jan. 6, 2017 Letter to The Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives - Urges Republicans to Stop Trying to Defund Planned Parenthood
Dec. 9, 2016 Sen. Franken Leads Senate Resolution that Questions U.S. Nuclear Arsenal Modernization Plans
Nov. 3, 2016 Following Effort from Minnesota Congressional Delegation, Administration Issues Major Disaster Declaration for State of Minnesota
Oct. 28, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Nolan, Emmer Announce Over $14.6 Million to Help Minnesota Farmers Lower Energy Costs, Boost Renewable Energy
Sept. 15, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John King, Secretary, Department of Education - Regarding the Closure of ITT Tech and Associated Student Debt Relief Measures
Sept. 15, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, US Senate - Reject Efforts to Block Corporate Political Spending Disclosure
Aug. 11, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce More Than $1.5 Million to Improve Water Systems in Oslo
Aug. 11, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $2 Million for Infrastructure Improvements at Morris Municipal -- Charlie Schmidt Field Airport
Aug. 11, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $115,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Moorhead Municipal Airport
Aug. 11, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $380,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Crookston Municipal Kirkwood Field Airport
Aug. 11, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $225,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Pipestone Municipal Airport
Aug. 5, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $215,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Baudette International Airport
Aug. 5, 2016 After Effort from Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, McCollum, Ellison, and Nolan, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Withdraw Proposal That Would Have Resulted in $40 Million Cut to Minnesota Hospitals
Aug. 4, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $315,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Hawley Municipal Airport
Aug. 4, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $150,000 for Land Acquisition and Safety Improvements at Redwood Falls Municipal Airport
Aug. 4, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $80,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Montevideo-Chippewa County Airport
Aug. 4, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson Announce Over $350,000 for Infrastructure Improvements at Elbow Lake Municipal Airport
July 14, 2016 Letter to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the United States Senate - As Congress Clears Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Bill, Reed Calls for Emergency Funding for Opioid Epidemic
July 13, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell. Majority Leader, United States Senate - Commit to Passing Real, Immediate Funding to Fight Opioid and Heroin Epidemic and Actually Carry Out Programs Authorized in CARA Bill
June 16, 2016 New Proposal from Education Department Would Help Defrauded Student Loan Borrowers, Ban Forced Arbitration in College Enrollment Contracts
May 26, 2016 After Efforts From Klobuchar, Franken, and Walz, $142 Million National Institutes of Health Grant Awarded to the Mayo Clinic's Biobank
May 18, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Hoeven, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and the Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security - Call for Increased TSA Funding to Help Address Long Wait Times, Ensure Security
May 17, 2016 Klobuchar, Franken Support Emergency Funding to Help Stem Spread of Zika Virus
May 13, 2016 Franken, Klobuchar, McCollum Announce Nearly $2.5 Million for Infrastructure Improvements at St. Paul Downtown Airport
April 25, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Jerry Moran, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and the Honorable Jeff Merkley, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies - Kaine Calls For Testing Of Lead Levels In School Drinking Water
April 21, 2016 Cornyn, Leahy, Grassley, Franken, Hatch, Coons Introduce Bill to Aid Response Training to Active Shooters
April 18, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and the Hon. Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee - Call for Immediate Passage of President's Emergency Funding Request
April 18, 2016 Star Tribune - Franken Urges State Funding for Southwest Corridor Light Rail
April 5, 2016 Sen. Franken Announces Nearly $12 Million to Fix Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in Northern MN
March 18, 2016 Letter to John Boozman, Chairman and Chris Coons, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government - Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
March 18, 2016 Letter to Lisa Murkowski, Chairman and Tom Udall, Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies - National Parks Maintenance Backlog
March 18, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee; the Hon. Richard Shelby, Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Hon. Barbara Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee - Push for Increased Federal Funding in Science and Engineering
March 16, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies and the Honorable Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies - Support for Seniors Program
March 10, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Students Debt Relief from Schools Engaged in Deceptive and Predatory Practices
March 4, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Lindsey Graham, Chairman of Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; Hon. Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; Hon. Roy Blunt, Chairman of Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education; Hon. Patty Murray, Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education - On Zika Outbreak
Feb. 12, 2016 Letter to Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, and Mitch McConnel, Senate Majority Leader - Importance of Women's Access to Reproductive Heath Care in Light of Spreading Virus
Feb. 3, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director of Management and Budget - Bipartisan Push to Increase Support for Dilapidated Tribal School Buildings
Dec. 15, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Call to Cut Spending on Nuclear Weapons
Dec. 3, 2015 Letter to Thad Cochran, Chairman of Committee on Appropriations and Barbara Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of Committee on Appropriations - Concerns Surrounding Divisive Policy in Must Pass Legislation
Oct. 22, 2015 Letter to Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader - Close Carried Interest Loophole
Oct. 8, 2015 Letter to Sylvia Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Sept. 17, 2015 Letter to The Honorable Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, The Honorable Barbara Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, The Honorable Harold Rogers, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations and The Honorable Nita Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations - Concerns Surrounding Preschool Development Grants Programs
Aug. 17, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, U.S. Senate - Schedule Bipartisan Budget Negotiations Immediately
June 19, 2015 Klobuchar, Franken Announce $5.75 Million to Support Job Training Programs in Minnesota
May 15, 2015 Letter to Thad Cochran, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Commission, Barbara Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Commission - Need for More Support for Precision Medicine
May 5, 2015 Letter to Thad Cochran, Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriations - Body Cameras for Police
April 28, 2015 Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison Announce Over $6 Million to Improve Infrastructure at Minneapolis Airport
March 30, 2015 Letter to the Honorable Thad Cochran, Chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriations, and the Honorable Roy Blunt, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human - Expanding Louisiana Preschools
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